Crowns and Bridges
Do you have decayed, broken, or missing teeth that make it difficult to have a full and rewarding life? You may find that eating certain foods is painful, so you forgo them, and even speaking clearly can be a challenge.
Dealing with these issues all day, every day, can be draining, but the solution is often less complicated than patients think. With Dr. Byron Carr’s experience and training, he can offer solutions like crowns and bridges that restore your comfort, confidence, and quality of life.
Why Do You Recommend Dental Crowns?
A dental crown is a restoration that Dr. Carr recommends when a tooth is too damaged to be repaired with a tooth filling. Since the crown fits over your tooth and protects it like a little helmet, you can comfortably chew on the tooth again.
Some cases where our dentist might recommend crowns for his Hemet and Temecula patients are:
- A badly broken tooth can’t be restored with a filling.
- A cavity takes up so much of a tooth that a filling won’t fix it.
- A tooth has had a root canal and needs extra strength and protection.
- A tooth is extremely worn from teeth grinding or wear and needs a crown to rebuild it.
- A dental bridge to replace missing teeth requires crowns to hold it in place.
Dr. Carr will determine if a crown is right for you by performing an examination that includes taking x-rays to determine the extent of the damage. He will use our intraoral camera to show you a close-up view of the tooth so you can see the damage for yourself and understand how a crown will protect it.
How Does a Dental Bridge Replace Missing Teeth?
In modern dentistry, we have numerous options to replace missing teeth, including dentures, implant dentures, and dental bridges.
Also referred to as a fixed bridge, this dental prosthetic places an artificial tooth (pontic) in the gap left by tooth loss. Dental crowns on either side of the pontic attach to adjacent teeth for support and act as a unit with the replacement tooth to restore function and fill the gap in your smile.
How Long Do Crowns and Bridges Last?
With any dental restoration we offer, you will get the longest lifespan by taking care of your teeth properly. This includes brushing twice a day, flossing once, and staying up to date with your six-month dental exams and teeth cleanings.
Dental crowns and bridges are made of extremely durable materials that are built to withstand everyday chewing forces. However, a tooth grinding habit or bruxism that places excessive force on your crown or bridge can cause it to break or crack. When Dr. Carr identifies that you have bruxism, he can prescribe a night guard to protect your teeth from grinding forces while you sleep.
Do You Need a Dental Crown or Bridge?
Missing and broken teeth can detract from your enjoyment and quality of life, but the solution you need is a phone call away. If you would like to get your smile back in shape, contact our Hemet or Temecula dental office to learn more about crowns and bridges.